British mystery thriller Guilt will be produced by Aditya Birla Group’s Applause Entertainment in association with BBC Studios India, the partners announced today. The Indian version of Guilt, which has yet to be titled, will be directed by Shaad Ali with Jaideep Ahlawat and Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub playing the lead roles.
Applause Entertainment, the content studio of the Aditya Birla Group, led by media veteran Sameer Nair, has been at the forefront in presenting the most compelling narratives to Indian audiences. The studio has successfully adapted the best international formats to suit Indian preferences with shows like Hostages and Your Honor among a list of international shows including Call My Agent and Fauda.
Applause Entertainment and BBC Studios have already successfully partnered on other popular dramas for the Indian market, including Criminal Justice and the upcoming Rudra – The Edge of Darkness (a Luther adaptation of Neil Cross).
The original series of the award-winning British drama Guilt was created and produced by Happy Tramp North and Expectation for BBC Scotland and BBC Two. Set in Edinburgh, the British series sees two brothers separated by tragedy and united by guilt, with fascinating plot twists and a strong streak of black humor.
Guilt’s Indian version will revolve around the lives of the brothers Jaggi and Daljeet. While the older brother, Jaggi, enjoys the comfort of a rich and seemingly perfect life, the youngest, Daljeet, struggles to survive by running an antique book store and a coffee shop. Their life spirals out of control when a tragic accident occurs and mistrust begins to engulf their lives, creating a rift between them and everyone around them.
With an exceptional cast, the series is spearheaded by Jaideep Ahlawat and Mohd Zeeshan Ayyub, both credited for their fascinating on-screen performances along with an excellent ensemble of Tina Desai, Shruti Seth, Maya Alagh, Mugdha Godse, and Satish Kaushik. Produced by Applause Entertainment in association with BBC Studios India, the gripping six-part series will be directed by the talented Shaad Ali.
Sameer Nair, CEO of Applause Entertainment said: “Guilt is a wonderful addition to the prolific partnership we have with BBC Studios. Backed by our common intention to deliver the most sought after and clutter-busting stories to Indian audiences, we have successfully experimented with global formats, interpreting them to suit the Indian cultural context. As a tale of altered moralities in the face of adversity, Guilt establishes itself as another splendid thriller that is sure to find resonance with viewers. The show is directed by Shaad Ali and stars a fantastic ensemble of actors who will up the ante on a story that is already deliciously twisted. “
Director Shaad Ali said, “It is a pleasure to partner again with Applause Entertainment for Guilt, a series that promises a perfect combination of a well-crafted story and great actors. The concept is very attractive, and with Applause we have worked hard to bring home another global format that oscillates between the nuances of brotherhood, suspicion and the consequences of choice. I’m sure the show will strike a chord with the audience. “
Sameer Gogate, General Manager of BBC Studios India, shared: “This series is a step forward in our constant and growing partnership with Applause and our shared vision of bringing innovative premium content to the Indian audience. We look forward to another exciting journey of putting on a show that brings the essence of fictional realism, along with an all-star cast of stars and a director who will light up the screens with his performances. “
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